Last year I visited Belper, Derbyshire, and walked the ‘Art Trail’, and of course bought some pieces along the way (who can resist). I particularly love the screen print I bought of many fields, by Kate Brooks. It has all my favourite colours in it, and looks like some of the places I like to go hiking in. It hangs in the hall above where we keep our muddy boots.
This year I shall be at Belper again, but this time as a vendor! Over a year ago I started this whole ‘art thing’ / working for myself, and checked out some festivals that I could be a part of the following year. I remember near the start of the trail coming across an artist that I’d been following for a few months, aspiring to ‘be where she’s at’ in a few years. That artist was Katie Jobling, who was really lovely to talk to and whose work I still much admire. Funnily enough, I’m going to be exhibiting and selling my work in the same Milward Estate Agents shop, on Market Street, that she was a vendor in last year. If you don’t know Katie, here’s a link:
Belper Arts Trail is organised by two artists who have helped me a lot over the last year. Suzanne Parnell and Kelly Nixon do a fantastic job making this festival engaging and fun for everyone. Apart from choosing a wide range of artists with high-quality work to exhibit and sell, they also make sure there is plenty of entertainment and refreshment for the public. I remember the cafes (one of which do large, scrumptious scones which is great if you love a cream tea), were raking it in that weekend. Everyone I saw (customers, artists, coffee shop workers, families, entertainers, wanderers, and my own in-laws) had big smiles on their faces, enjoying the liveliness, brightness, and abundant creativity of the event.
I doubt I’ll manage to get around the whole event this year and meet all the artists, as I will be manning my own stall. However my husband will probably enjoy roaming around and reporting back to me. Last year there were paintings, screen prints, lino prints, textile artworks, stained glass windows and other glass artworks, willow sculptures (I plan to get one for my own future garden one day), jewellery, wood carvings, pyrography art, greetings cards… and that is just from the top of my head. There was such a range in style and subject between each artist too. To get a better idea of what will be there this year, and to get to know the artists, go to the webpage:
Share this event with anyone you think would enjoy this. Hope to see you there! Come say ‘hello’!